No One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood - Reading Guide
The judges described Patricia Lockwood’s novel as a ‘funny, poignant and challenging book’. Use this guide to look at her use of language and how she portrays the modern world.
Patricia Lockwood’s sincere and delightfully profane love letter to the infinite scroll, and a meditation on love, language and human connection.
A social media guru travels the world, her entire existence overwhelmed by the internet or what she terms ‘the portal’. ‘Are we in hell?’ The people of the portal ask themselves. ‘Are we all just going to keep doing this until we die?’ Two urgent texts from her mother pierce the guru’s bubble. As real life collides with the absurdity of the portal, she confronts a world that seems to suggest there is goodness, empathy and justice in the universe - and a deluge of evidence to the contrary.
About the AuthorPatricia Lockwood is an American poet, novelist and essayist who was born in a trailer in Indiana and raised 'in all the worst cities of the Midwest'.
The internet – in the form of social media, at least – is much more like fiction than it is anything else
Kristen Sieh brings No One is Talking About This to life in the audiobook.
Lockwood’s genius for irony is matched by the radiance of her reverence, when she lets it show
Patricia Lockwood speaks to essayist Jia Tolentino about No One Is Talking About This, in an event for the Washington D.C. bookshop Politics & Prose.
Lockwood talks about reading Rachel Ingalls’ Mrs Calaban in the run-up to writing the book, editing while having Covid-19, online life, and the events No One Is Talking About This is drawn from.